By Kingsley Omonobi & Ndahi Marama, with Agency Report
The Nigerian Army yesterday said a soldier and four other persons including a mother and child were killed in Biu, Borno State when a tricycle (‘Keke Napep’) accidentally climbed a Improvised Explosive Device, IED, planted along Damboa road, close to a military checkpoint and exploded.
Giving details of the unfortunate incident, Army Spokesman, ol Sani Usman said, “At about 8.15am Sunday, a tricycle, known as “Keke NAPEP” unknowingly stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by the side of Biu -Damboa road close to a military checkpoint at the outskirts of Biu town, Borno State. Unfortunately, the IED exploded instantly killing 4 persons comprising of a woman with her baby and 2 other male adults.
“Three other persons were injured including a soldier and they were immediately evacuated to Biu General Hospital. We regret to state that the injured soldier also died at the hospital.
“The general area has been cordoned off and Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) team from Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Buratai has been mobilized to carry out further search of the area. Preliminary investigations shows that the IED was buried long time ago undetected. It exploded when the tricycle erroneously stepped on it.”
While commiserating with the families of the victims of the sad incident, Usman said, “This unfortunate development has brought to the fore, the need for more security consciousness and vigilance among all.
“We would like to reiterate that the explosion would not deter us from seeing to the end of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding through our ongoing clearance operations.
“We want to use this opportunity to solicit for more cooperation from the members of the public to enable us succeed in the fight against the remnants of these criminal elements going by the appellation ‘Boko Haram terrorists’.
Meanwhile, Borno State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, yesterday discovered two bomb-making factories in Dikwa.
The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, who made this known in Maiduguri, said the factories were discovered during a patrol by men of the command in collaboration with the troops of the 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army.